Christian Enlistment in IDF Triples in 2013; 500 Christians Sign Up for National Service Programs

August 5, 2013 11:28 am 11 comments

Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth and spiritual leader of a forum for the enlistment of Christian youth in the IDF, meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Prime Minister's Office of Communication.

Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth and spiritual leader of a forum for the enlistment of Christian youth in the IDF, meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Prime Minister's Office of Communication.

The number of Christians enlisted in the Israeli Defense Force rose sharply in 2013, tripling to 100 from 35 a year earlier, while 500 young Christians have volunteered for Israeli National Service programs, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said on Monday.

At a meeting with Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth and spiritual leader of a forum for the enlistment of Christian youth in the IDF, Netanyahu said a joint government-community forum would be established within two weeks to promote the enlistment of Christian community youth in the IDF and national service and their integration into the life of the state.

The forum will work to integrate more members of the Christian community into the IDF, ease the necessary administrative and legal aspects of signing up, protect those who support enlistment and enlistees from violence and threats, and step up law enforcement against those who disturb the peace and incite to violence, the Prime Minister’s Communication Office said.

“Our goal is to guard the Holy Land and the State of Israel. We have broken the barrier of fear – the state deserves that we do our part in defending it. Those who oppose the integration of the Christian community in the institutions of state do not walk in the path of Christianity,” said Father Nadaf at the meeting with the Prime Minister.

“Members of the Christian community must be allowed to enlist in the IDF,” said Netanyahu, “You are loyal citizens who want to defend the state and I salute you and support you. We will not tolerate threats against you and we will act to enforce the law with a heavy hand against those who persecute you. I will not tolerate attempts to crumble the state from within. The State of Israel and the Prime Minister stand alongside you.”

Naji Abid, leader of the Orthodox council in Yafia and Lt. (ret.) Shadi Khaloul, head of the forum, were also present at the meeting.

11 Comments

  • The Jews gave us the mass and Western Civilization. Glad to pay them back just a little bit.

    • i’m a christian from the Republic of the Philippines..i’m very thankful to the Israeli Government for helping the Filipinos in times of despair, especially by helping the typhoon Hayan Victims in Tacloban Central Philippines…I wish that the Israeli Government would accept me to join the IDF..I really want to serve and protect the state of Israel at all cost..in any War..i’m ready to offer my life for the sake of all the Jews in Israel..i’m willing to undergo training etc..to join the IDF..Jews and Christians are the real BAND OF BROTHERS.. God Bless us all

  • I am a Christian from India, wish I could also join the IDF. I love Israel.

  • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

    Religion aside the above goes to show, that many people are now beginning to see the threat of radical Islam is not against Israel but other communities also. People are seeing Israel as a great and civilized nation in the Middle East. I am sure many more Christians from outside of Israel will want to defend the nation of Israel. Israel will not only be defending herself but leading the way to world wide peace through her careful well planned strategies in dealing with Iran.

  • THIS IS GREAT NEWS FOR BOTH ISRAEL AND THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IN ISRAEL.PITY THAT THERE ARE ONLY FEW OF THEM.CHRISTIAN ARABS ARE CAPABLE AND INTELLIGENT PEOPLE:THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE “BAGRUT EXAMINATIONS” ARE BETTER THAN THOSE OF THE JEWS.GENETICALLY-SPEAKING THEY ARE PRACTICALLY-JEWS.HISTORIANS TEACHED US THAT THEY LEFT JUDAISM 1500-2000YEARS AGO ONLY FOR PRACTICAL AND PRAGMATICAL REASONS OF SURVIVAL.IT IS AN EXCELLENT THING THAT THE STATE OF ISRAEL, THE GOVERNMENT OF ISRAEL AND BIBI ARE DOING WHAT THEY CAN TO EASE THEIR INTEGRATION IN THE ISRAELI SOCIETY !!!

  • Who better to defend God’s chosen nation than those who understand the Biblical prophecies and the importance of Israel in the plan of God.

  • This move by Christians the formation of the new Bnei HaBrit HaHadasha party are proof that the lies about the Israelis being responsible for driving Christian Arabs from the Holy Land are just that. Christians are persecuted by the Muslim population of the Palestinian territories (especially Gaza) and even, to some extent, by Muslims in Israel. I have seen it among Arab schoolchildren in Israel. This is the Israeli-Christian reaction to the “Arab Spring” which has seen the torture and murder of priests in Egypt and Syria.

  • At last – there is a show of support and cooperation to stand up and take action by the Christians in Israel, by joining the IDF. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any other alternative than to be prepared to take up arms to fight and defend. Christians around the world are keeping very quiet to all the atrocities that are befalling innocent people apart from the Buddhists who have begun fighting back as they have realised that you can’t live with mad dogs who are promising to annihilate you.

  • Their is no greater service to your country and no greater sign of loyalty than the willingness to possibly sacrifice your lives on its behalf.

    You are heroes as are all the IDF men and women.

  • This is excellent. High time Christians and Jews came together; more the merrier and stronger.

  • Welcome aboard and thanks

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